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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design

Snapshot: The Volvo V60 Hybrid is the world's first diesel engine plug-in hybrid car with R-design styling

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design features a number of unique interior and exterior features that create a sporty presence. The exterior blends the Plug-in Hybrid identification with the R-Design front bumper and grille, rear diffuser and 18-inch Ixion wheels. Inside, the car comes with a full R-Design interior, featuring sports seats as standard with a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather. Amongst the other unique R-Design features, it also includes sports pedals, sports floor mats and charcoal headlining. The car retains the special plug-in hybrid instrumentation and information.

Also fitted as standard on all PHEVs is Volvo's telematic system, Volvo On Call. This system allows users to use a free mobile app to access a number of functions and keeps the driver in constant contact with the vehicle, no matter where he/she is.

The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbo-diesel producing 215 bhp and 440 Nm of torque. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 70 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. It is supplied with power from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the floor of the load compartment.

The driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. In the default hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are down to just 48g/km. What is more, at the touch of a button the driver can choose to cover up to 50 kilometres on pure electric power – or utilise the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor to create a veritable driving machine that offers 215+70 horsepower and 440+200 Nm of torque. The company is keenly monitoring the development of Hybrid vehicle sales in India.

 

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